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post Apr 10 2011, 05:47 PM
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How does one deal with anxiety for tornadoes?

I've been dealing with this problem for years. The second there's a watch issued for my area, I'm in shut down mode and can't do anything or go anywhere.

Today I'm doing particularly bad, as I'm under the gun here in Wisconsin. I couldn't even go out to enjoy the nice weather.

Any tips or tricks? I'd gladly appreciate them.


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post Apr 12 2011, 09:59 AM
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QUOTE(DeerfieldWeatherguru @ Apr 10 2011, 06:47 PM) *
How does one deal with anxiety for tornadoes?

I've been dealing with this problem for years. The second there's a watch issued for my area, I'm in shut down mode and can't do anything or go anywhere.

Today I'm doing particularly bad, as I'm under the gun here in Wisconsin. I couldn't even go out to enjoy the nice weather.

Any tips or tricks? I'd gladly appreciate them.

I know somewhat how you feel. You can only take the precautions and remember, the world is large and even if there is a warning in your area, it does not mean you will be hit.
During a hurricane I sat and strained to listen for one; jumping at every rise of wind. I told myself calm down, if there is one you will know it. Of course then I heard the train (yes, as if you are sitting on the rails) and the air inside the house was as if you could almost levitate. The tornado followed the highway and went past. It came close- but did not touch the house. Of course, I was talking mighty loudly to the Lord too.


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post Apr 28 2011, 08:18 PM
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QUOTE(DeerfieldWeatherguru @ Apr 10 2011, 05:47 PM) *
How does one deal with anxiety for tornadoes?

I've been dealing with this problem for years. The second there's a watch issued for my area, I'm in shut down mode and can't do anything or go anywhere.

Today I'm doing particularly bad, as I'm under the gun here in Wisconsin. I couldn't even go out to enjoy the nice weather.

Any tips or tricks? I'd gladly appreciate them.


Knowledge and adequate preparation.

Do things like buying yourself a portable NOAA radio and make sure you have an extra set of batteries at all times. Then no matter the situation, you will have access to all warnings and breaking news.

Participate in the SKYWARN program. NWS meteorologists offer classes each year on identification of severe weather signs, measurement of hail, ice and snow and other weather related topics. Best of all, its free and you will be helping your fellow man by giving the NWS your obs.

Try to come to the realization that tornados are usually an extremely local event with the average weak tornado is only on the ground for a mile in length, and only about 100 meters wide.

Finally take note that the average warning time has constantly been increasing.
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Zachary Lassiter
post May 21 2011, 01:56 PM
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I love when severe weather is in the area... I don't have this problem.


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post May 22 2011, 07:07 AM
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I too would like to discuss this as today in my area (Evergreen Park IL) we are under moderate risk for severe storms and the SPC gave us a 10% probablitity for tornadoes with us also in the hatched area...

All this is scaring me badly and I have not slept and have been jumping from site to site. I also plan on calling off work which is crazy and dangerous but id be even more scared at work then at home.

Can anyone please help me today? I just want to feel normal and I'm so scared right now even though outside at the moment birds aechirping happily and there are sunny skies with a few clouds.

I am trying to learn about the weather but really all that goes out the window on a day like todayy when it sems we are really under a threat. I keep thinking it was a moderate day when the Alabama tornadoes hit last month even though I know that that was a very rare event.

Seriously any help much appreciated I cannot describe what this feels like and would not wish this on anyone.

Excuse my typos I'm obviously enervous and typing this froma phone besides.
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post Feb 2 2012, 01:13 PM
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Just remain calm and know that whatever happens, wherever you are..everyone else is in it with you. Whether that be on the road, at work, in a grocery store, whatever..everyone will work through whatever the situation ends up being together.

And as some have said, it's exceedingly rare for a tornado to seek you out..there's just too much territory.


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